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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 8, 2009 7:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

It's not just 'ooh err, up yours Mrs' who can 'copy and paste':

"Who'll Stop the Rain"
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Background and production

The film is based on Robert Stone's novel Dog Soldiers, which had been winner of the National Book Award (US) for fiction in 1975.[2] For its original US theatrical release it was re-titled Who'll Stop the Rain, after the song by Creedence Clearwater Revival, which features prominently (along with several other popular CCR tracks) on the film's soundtrack. The film was released as Dog Soldiers for release in several foreign territories. Some copies of the DVD of Who'll Stop the Rain actually contain prints titled Dog Soldiers.

Stone based the character of Ray Hicks (Nolte) on Beat writer NEAL CASSADY, with whom Stone became acquainted through novelist KEN KESEY, a classmate of Stone's in graduate school at Stanford University.

Hicks' death scene on the railroad tracks at the film's conclusion was directly based on Cassady's death along a railroad track outside of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in 1968. Also, the hippie commune setting, where lights and stereo speakers placed throughout the woods are utilized in Hicks' escape plan, was partially based on Kesey's home in La Honda, California, where Kesey and his friends — known as the MERRY PRANKSTERS — famously wired the surrounding woods with lights and sound equipment to enhance their experiments with LSD. Though technically not a commune, Kesey's home was a frequent site for large parties attended by a mixture of literary luminaries such as poet Allen Ginsberg and journalist Hunter S. Thompson, music figures (including JERRY GARCIA, whose group The GRATEFUL DEAD later became the house band for Kesey's famous ACID TESTS), and outlaws, especially members of the infamous Hells Angels motorcycle club. These parties are described intimately in works by Ginsberg and Thompson and in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.

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The film opens in Saigon at the height of the Vietnam War.

John Converse (Moriarty), a disillusioned war correspondent, approaches Ray Hicks (Nolte), a merchant marine sailor and acquaintance of Converse's from back in the US, for help in smuggling a large quantity of heroin from Vietnam to San Francisco, where he will exchange the drugs for payment with Converse's wife Marge (Weld), who has become addicted to dilaudid. When Hicks discovers that he is being followed by thugs connected either to Converse or his suppliers, he goes on the run with Marge and the heroin, and is eventually pursued by the corrupt DEA agent (Zerbe) who initially set the deal in motion. As Marge is separated from her supply of prescription drugs, she experiences withdrawal, and Hicks decides to help her wean off her dilaudid addiction by using the heroin. Hicks also attempts to find another buyer for the heroin before his pursuers can catch up to him.

It was at that point that I nodded off (fell asleep, caught some Z's, whatever) ...............

Might have dreamt of Tuesday Weld .......... when she was young ...... before Dudley Moore tinkled her ivories .....

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Poster: veblen Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

"on Beat writer NEAL CASSADY..."

I am sure the later day Neal would have loved to see "writer" in front of his name but I doubt even at that time he would have honestly agreed with it.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

hey now ,Tidewater :just read your article about this movie "Who'll stop the rain"(?) and want to know if it can be seen on archive.org ,and how to go about asking to see this film to archive ? (never learned that yet !)Thanks!

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

Bonjour mon ami,

have to switch to 'Anglaise' now 'cos I lost my English-French phrase book .........

In a word, "No" ("Non") but, if you're ever in Thailand, look me up and I'll bend over backwards (easier said than done) to facilitate your viewing of said movie on my big screen.

And we're only a small step away from Vietnam where (take my word for it) the French Toast is even better than french toast.

Bon Chance,

TW



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Poster: skies Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

No plan to ever visit Thailand again ,and thanks for invitation to see movie at your place !I visited Thailand winter 1984 ,on my way to India and Nepal . I loved Nepal a whole bunch,but no plan to ever go to Asia again .Only country outside occidental lands I could have wanted to live in was Guatemala .But visas hassles towards the French too much bother to stay there .Sigh !Votre amie française.Bonne chance à vous aussi,Tidewater !

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 8, 2009 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

Je suis un 'roast beef' (citizen of the United Kingdom). We fart in the general direction of the aussies (especially after the most recent Ashes) !!!!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

TTFO9, there are some real gems of humor in that post of yours!

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Poster: Tidewater four ten O nine Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

just been taking my time getting my foot in the door ......

After a while you won't have to worry about losing this (wonderful) site due to people pushing how to break the (download) rules ........

You'll be too busy laughing .......

Well, we try our best.

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 8, 2009 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tonite on UBC - slightly Dead related .......

W.Tell:you saw this Betty Boot in Blunderland ,curator's choice today ?Must be original idea (1933)from which Alice in Wonderland was made !